(Acid Reflux, Heartburn)

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GERD (acid reflux) facts

  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which the acidified liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus.
  • The cause of GERD is complex and may involve multiple causes.
  • GERD may damage the lining of the esophagus, thereby causing inflammation (esophagitis), although this is uncommon.
  • The symptoms of uncomplicated GERD include:
  • Complications of GERD include:
  • GERD may be diagnosed or evaluated by a variety of procedures and tests.
  • GERD is treated with life-style changes, diet, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs (for example, antacids, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), pro-motility drugs), and surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/8/2015

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GERD or Acid Reflux Symptoms

GERD or acid reflux symptoms are caused by the regurgitation of acidic liquid stomach contents back up into the esophagus. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn.

Other symptoms that can occur as a result of GERD include:

  • nausea,
  • regurgitation,
  • acid-induced erosions of the teeth,
  • nausea,
  • chronic cough,
  • hoarseness,
  • laryngitis, and
  • ear pain.